Senator Scott tours the McClain Plant

On Wednesday, July 12, Senator Paul Scott (District 43) was given a tour of the McClain Power Plant located near Newcastle, Oklahoma. The tour was led by McClain Plant Manager, Tony Shook of OG&E. The McClain Plant is a 520-megawatt combined-cycle natural gas plant. OMPA has a 23 percent (120-megawatts) ownership of the plant. OG&E is the majority owner and operator of the plant. McClain began commercial operation in 2001. Those in attendance at today’s tour were Senator Paul Scott (D-43); David Osburn, OMPA General Manager; Jennifer Rogers, OMPA Government Relations Rep. and Tony Shook, OG&E McClain Plant Manager. Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) is a not-for-profit organization, established in Title 11, the Municipal Code of the Oklahoma statutes. OMPA was created for the purpose of providing an adequate, reliable and affordable supply of electrical power and energy to Oklahoma’s municipally owned electric systems. The Authority presently serves 42 municipally owned electric systems in Oklahoma. As a consumer-owned public power entity, OMPA is owned by the member cities it...

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OMPA member city officials and staff meet with Senators and Representatives

On Friday, June 30, the cities of Comanche, Duncan and Walters, along with staff from the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), met with Senator Kidd (District 31), Senator Scott (District 43), Representative McEntire (District 50) and Representative Park (District 65) over lunch in Duncan. The purpose of this meeting was to continue to educate the legislators on the history of OMPA and the unique role we play with our member cities. The legislators, city staff and OMPA had in depth discussions regarding issues facing OMPA and our member cities, as well as our outlook on the future. Those in attendance were: Senator Chris Kidd, District 31; Senator Paul Scott, District 43; Representative Marcus McEntire, District 50; Representative Scooter Park, District 65; Chuck Ralls, Comanche City Manager; David Yeager, Duncan Power Electric Director; Shawn Strange, Walters City Manager; David Osburn, OMPA General Manager and Jennifer Rogers, OMPA Government Relations Rep. Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) is a not-for-profit organization, established in Title 11, the Municipal Code of the Oklahoma statutes. OMPA was created for the purpose of providing an adequate, reliable and affo rdable supply of electrical power and energy to Oklahoma’s municipally owned electric systems. The Authority presently serves 42 municipally owned electric systems in Oklahoma. As a consumer-owned public power entity, OMPA is owned by the member cities it serves....

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OMPA Board Member, Dave Slezickey, Receives National Award

Dave Slezickey, City Manager of Kingfisher and OMPA Board Member, received the Larry Hobart Seven Hats Award at the American Public Power Association’s national conference in Orlando, Florida. This award recognizes managers of small utilities serving fewer than 2,500 meters. These managers have a very small staff and must assume multiple roles. The seven hats they must wear are: planning and design, administration, public relations, field supervision, accounting, human resources, and community leadership.   Known for his hands-on approach, Slezickey works with his team across electric, water and wastewater projects. The city recently completed the installation of a new billing system that can provide customers more information on their energy usage based on electronic metering data. In 2015, he led the community’s first celebration of Public Power Week, spreading the word about the benefits of community-owned public power. He has served as a board member for the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority, and, in 2016, he served as the president of the Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma, the state’s public power trade association.   ###   The American Public Power Association is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. We represent public power before the federal government to protect the interests of the more than 49 million people that public power utilities serve, and the 93,000 people they employ. Our association advocates and advises on electricity policy, technology, trends, training, and operations. Our members strengthen their communities by providing superior service, engaging citizens, and instilling pride in community-owned power....

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OMPA Board Chairman, Charles Lamb, receives American Public Power Association’s public official award

Charles Lamb, mayor of Edmond and OMPA Board Chairman, received the Spence Vanderlinden Public Official Award at the American Public Power Association’s national conference in Orlando, Florida. This award recognizes elected or appointed local officials who have contributed to the goals of the American Public Power Association.     Lamb served on the Edmond City Council for 15 years before being appointed mayor in 2011. He is a longtime supporter of public power and has actively engaged legislators at the state and federal level on critical issues. He has been on the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority board for 23 years—serving as chairman for the past 16—and he is the first elected official to receive the Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma Ray Duffy Personal Service Award for outstanding service to public power. A long-time community volunteer, Lamb has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Edmond Urban Forestry Commission. In 2006, he was named to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame for City and Town Officials.   ###   The American Public Power Association is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. We represent public power before the federal government to protect the interests of the more than 49 million people that public power utilities serve, and the 93,000 people they employ. Our association advocates and advises on electricity policy, technology, trends, training, and operations. Our members strengthen their communities by providing superior service, engaging citizens, and instilling pride in community-owned power....

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OMPA member city officials and staff meet with Senator Pugh and Representative Osburn

On Friday, April 28, staff from the City of Edmond, along with staff from the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), met with Senator Adam Pugh (District 41) and Representative Mike Osburn (District 81) over lunch at the OMPA headquarters in Edmond. The purpose of this meeting was to continue to educate the legislators on the history of OMPA and the unique role we play with our member cities. The legislators, city staff and OMPA had in depth discussions regarding issues facing OMPA and our member cities, as well as our outlook on the future. Senator Pugh and Representative Osburn also got to tour and learn more information about OMPA’s 24/7 Operations Department and how power supply units are dispatched. Those in attendance were: Senator Adam Pugh, District 41; Representative Mike Osburn, District 81; Larry Stevens, Edmond City Manager; Glenn Fisher, Director of Edmond Electric; David Osburn, OMPA General Manager; Randy Elliott, OMPA General Counsel; Drake Rice, Director of Member Services and Jennifer Rogers, OMPA Government Relations Rep. Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) is a not-for-profit organization, established in Title 11, the Municipal Code of the Oklahoma statutes. OMPA was created for the purpose of providing an adequate, reliable and affordable supply of electrical power and energy to Oklahoma’s municipally owned electric systems. The Authority presently serves 42 municipally owned electric systems in Oklahoma. As a consumer-owned public power entity, OMPA is owned by the member cities it...

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